Advisory Council

The main purpose of the Advisory Council is to provide additional insight and perspectives to inform the Foundation’s work.

Advisory Council membership

Members of our Advisory Council are of significant standing in society and have a commitment to supporting the Foundation and its primary objective of improving the use of energy in buildings.

Potential members can be proposed by Trustees of the Foundation, existing members of the Advisory Council, and members of Foundation staff.  The Trustee Board (or its subsidiary the Management Committee) is responsible for admitting new members, reviewing the membership and seeking to maintain a balance of membership in keeping with the ethos, aims and scope of activity of the Foundation.

Members of the Advisory Council will usually not exceed fifty in number. Members will be invited to join for an initial two-year period with a potential for extension, normally for no more than a further two-year period, but can choose to step down at any time.

Involvement of Advisory Council members

Participation in the Advisory Council is not intended to be onerous or overly formal. We hope Advisory Council members find their association with the Foundation to be a worthwhile and personally fulfilling activity.

Members should:

  • Be reasonably familiar with the Foundation’s primary objective and its work in fulfilling this.
  • Participate in an annual discussion/forum event to provide input to the Foundation’s thinking and to receive an update on the Foundation’s activities and achievements.
  • Be willing to make connections for the Foundation and be an advocate for the National Energy Foundation when appropriate.
  • Be prepared to be consulted on specific topics or activities and contribute insights and perspectives spontaneously on matters of relevance to the Foundation.

David Adams
David is Technical Director, Willmott Dixon Energy Services. His areas of specialism include: low-energy retrofit /buildings, ECO, Green Deal and performance in use.

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David created the UK’s ‘Pay-As-You-Save’ financing concept behind the Green Deal (although it was structured differently) proposed the ECO brokerage and initiated the Green Deal Providers’ Group. He also founded the Zero Carbon Hub and is one of its Directors. David has chaired a number of task groups including: Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard (FEES), Carbon Compliance Tool Review and ZC Homes Carbon Emissions Standard. He sits on the Green Construction Board’s Building Work Group, is chair of the Advisory Board of the London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand and was a Fellow of CoRE.

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Ed Bannock - MBE
Ed is a Chartered Engineer, new energy technologies Consultant and a senior industry executive in both the traditional and renewable energy sectors. His career has included British Gas, Transco and National Grid where he ran one of the most complex asset businesses in the world valued at over £1 billion.

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Ed created and ran xoserve, the commercial clearing house for the gas industry and was accountable for over £3 billion of revenues per annum in UK energy. He has also worked on mergers and acquisitions, is a past Chairman of the national Y2K Utilities Group and has led dealings with OFGAS, HSE, DTI, European Commission, Cabinet Office and Action 2000. He has been a Board Member of the Pipeline Industries Guild since 2000. In 2006, Ed joined Ice Energy Technologies, a leading provider of renewable energy technology, as a Non-executive Director, and the company has been twice ranked in the Sunday Times Fast track 100. In 2013, Ed jointly founded a new business, Cumulus Energy Ltd, to import renewable technology products. He is also an Associate Director of Pipeline Systems Engineering and carries out leadership coaching for KFVC Consulting to both major oil industry clients and smaller companies.

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John Barnham
John is head of sustainable investment at Orbit Group, a 37,000-home housing association committed to providing low-energy, affordable homes.

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A social housing veteran, John leads and participates in many groups, including Sustainable Housing Action Partnership (SHAP); Building Retrofit Network Community Interest Company; Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings and Carbon Savings Alliance. More locally, John is on the management board of Hook Norton Low Carbon, a DECC-funded community initiative. He is an Alumni of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and is involved in a number of research projects linking social housing to the low-carbon agenda. John is also a regular contributor to social housing media.

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Godfrey Boyle
Godfrey is Emeritus Professor of Renewable Energy in the Engineering and Innovation Department of the Open University, where has been a member of the academic staff for more than 35 years, and has chaired several energy-related course teams.

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Godfrey is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and was awarded two European Solar Prizes in 1995. He is co-author and editor of the widely adopted textbooks Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future (Oxford)  and Energy Systems and Sustainability (Oxford).

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Andrew Burke
Andrew studied architecture at Cambridge University where he developed his long-term interest in building physics and architectural implications of energy efficiency, which led to a doctorate from the Open University.

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Andrew's career began in a local authority research and development group that both designed low-energy, high-density, inner-city housing and monitored the performance of energy-saving demonstration projects. As an architect in central government, he developed energy efficiency and fuel poverty policy, based on construction research he project managed. He wrote building regulations and practical guidance relating to ventilation, energy efficiency and access. Andrew led the National Housing Federation’s work on the design, construction and maintenance of good quality, sustainable housing association homes. Andrew worked with officials on housing standards, zero-carbon policy, renewable energy, fuel poverty, retrofit and regulation to create the right operating environment for housing associations. He is an advisor the National Housing Maintenance Forum, which promotes good asset management and maintenance practice to social landlords in UK. Andrew is also a member of the NHBC Foundation’s Expert Panel.

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Quentin Compton-Bishop
Quentin is CEO of Warwick Ventures Ltd, the technology transfer office of the University of Warwick. He helps generate economic and social impact from research by developing and commercialising the university’s intellectual property for licensing to industry and via spinout companies.

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Quentin manages the university’s spinout portfolio and sits on a number of boards. Previously, he was the founding CEO of RolaTube Technology, 3rd Rock Energy and P2i. He is also a Trustee of the Sustainable Energy Academy, which created the SuperHomes programme, and is Chairman of the Levantine Heritage Foundation. Quentin has a particular interest in: SuperHomes, renewable energy technologies, community energy schemes, big data, the economic and social impact of energy conservation, grant funding, venture capital, venture philanthropy and social finance.

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Will Cousins DipARCH DipUD RIBA
Will is a qualified Architect and Urban Designer with considerable experience of working in both the private and public sectors on large-scale strategic projects. He has been a Director at David Lock Associates since 1991 and has been personally responsible for the management and leadership of several of the company’s major commissions.

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Before joining DLA, Will worked for the London Docklands Development Corporation, where he led Urban Design's work of the Wapping and Limehouse Area Team, managing and delivering waterside regeneration and infrastructure projects during a time of intense development activity. Prior to that he worked on the implementation of the Milton Keynes Development Corporation's master plan and was responsible for the preparation of several master plans for new neighbourhoods, including proposals for the innovative Energy Park. In addition to his position at DLA, Will is Chairman of Urban Design and a Director of DLA Architects Practice Ltd. He is also a Founding Director of David Lock Associates (Australia Pty) which has offices in Melbourne and Sydney, and he regularly contributes to the Australian practice’s master planning work. Will is also Chairman of DLA Nordic, with offices in Bergen, Norway. Outside of the office, Will is Chair of Milton Keynes Gallery.

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Munish Datta
Munish Datta leads on the creation of the strategy and delivery of Plan A (M&S’s sustainability programme) for the retailer's properties across the world, and heads the team that delivers facilities management for all M&S UK head offices.

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Plan A has enabled M&S to become 39% more energy-efficient, 31% more water-efficient, divert all waste from landfill since 2012, become an industry leader in sourcing renewable energy and launch multi-award-winning sustainable retail stores across the world. Since 2007, applying Plan A to M&S properties has contributed over £190 million in net benefits. Within the industry, Munish contributes to several task groups, is an awards judge and speaks regularly at events and conferences. He is a regular guest speaker and advisory board member at the University of Oxford Masters in Sustainable Urban Design. Munish is an honorary Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and a member of the government's Green Construction Board. He is also a Trustee of Rama Foundation, a registered charity developing capacities and skills of disadvantaged communities around the world.

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Cathy Debenham
Cathy Debenham was Founder and Director of the renewable energy website YouGen between 2008 to 2015, when it became part of the National Energy Foundation.

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Under Cathy's leadership YouGen won an International Green Award 2012 in the WWF Green Game Changer category and a National Venus Award 2013 for Green Business of the Year. Prior to setting up YouGen she worked in both the private and charitable sectors in marketing, communications and as a journalist. Cathy is a member of the RECC Supervisory Panel, a trustee of The Equality Trust and a member of the volunteer team that organises TEDxExeter. In May 2015, Cathy completed her training as an executive and team coach.

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Paul Everall - CBE
Paul Everall has been Chief Executive of the Local Authority Building Council, the representative body for local authority building control teams, since its creation in 2005.

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Prior to that, Paul  was a Civil Servant heading divisions responsible for minerals planning, new town development. housing renewal policy and, from 1991 onwards, building control policy and the content of the Building Regulations. A Traffic and Civil Engineer by profession, Paul is a Trustee of the Gas Safety Trust and a Director of both the Good Homes Alliance and the National Home Improvement Council.

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Stuart Fairlie
Stuart is Head of Technical at Elmhurst Energy, and has worked in the energy efficiency of buildings sector since studying Urban Design at the University of Nottingham, where he developed an interest in the interactions between people, buildings and space.

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Stuart is responsible for maintaining Elmhurst Energy’s position at the forefront of technical and legislative thinking, and delivering market-leading products and services. He has extensive experience in all aspects of this constantly evolving sector, including developing the original RdSAP and EPC as well as the trials of Scottish Single Surveys. Over the years, he has taken part in various working groups on Part L, HIPS and BR443 U-value calculations. Stuart was also a member of the NFOPP exam board and is currently a member of the technical steering groups for SAP, RdSAP, ECO and Green Deal.

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Professor Martin Fry - MSc CEng FIMechE FEI
Martin has been in the energy management consultancy business since the 1980s. He now plays a major role in international energy management standards, chairing committees for the British Standards Institute, heading UK delegations and drafting committee meetings, one series of which led to the Energy Management Standard ISO 50001, published in June 2011.

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Martin was Convener for the international energy auditing standard, ISO 50002, published on 1 July 2014. He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at City University in London where he is course leader for the Energy and Environmental Technology and Economics Masters Degree. He also introduces final year undergraduate and masters engineering students to the practical side of energy supply, usage and demand management. Martin is Honorary President of ESTA and a former Council Member of the Energy Institute. At the Sustainability Live, Environment and Energy Awards Ceremony in April 2013, he won the Outstanding Contribution to the Energy Industry Award. In October 2013, he was awarded the British Standards Institution Distinguished Service Certificate in appreciation of his valuable contributions to the development of British, European and international standards.

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Stephen Fuller - BA DipTP PhD
Stephen studied Geography at University College, London and did a Postgraduate Degree in Town Planning at Nottingham University. He worked for many years as a Town Planner at Milton Keynes Development Corporation, latterly specializing in energy conservation and renewable energy projects.

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Stephen was also involved in developing Milton Keynes Energy Park and setting up the National Energy Foundation, of which he was a founding Trustee and the first Director. He later worked as a Consultant and Project Manager for international aid agencies, mostly in Africa and the Far East, on projects ranging from urban master planning to local government re-organisation. A long-term assignment was as Project Director on the Amalgamation of Rural Local Authorities in Zimbabwe, working for SIDA, the Swedish Government Aid Agency. Once back in the UK, Stephen returned to his East Kent family farming roots and undertook his Doctorate at the University of Kent on the Implementation of Natural Resource Management Projects, drawing on Zimbabwean case studies. Since then, he has been interested in using his experience by contributing to local community-based projects and has been responsible for the Lydden Valley and The Environment of Walmer studies.

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Professor Mark Gaterell
Mark is Professor of Sustainable Construction and Director of the Low Impact Buildings Centre at Coventry University, and has been involved with different aspects of sustainable built environments for over 20 years, 

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Mark has worked for companies such as Thames Water, Scott Wilson and the Building Research Establishment, and has received research degrees from the University of Cambridge and Imperial College, London. His current research activities cover a broad range of issues relating to sustainable buildings, from the analysis of the relationship between buildings and open spaces at a redevelopment scale and the implications of different urban futures, to the consideration of elements of both new-build and existing building stock at an individual building scale. This work is characterised by multidisciplinary approaches and working with ecologists, social scientists, urban designers, architects, economists and engineers.

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William Gillis
William Gillis is Managing Director of Warm Zones community interest company (WZcic), a not-for-profit social enterprise wholly owned by the national energy efficiency charity, National Energy Action (NEA).

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Warm Zones co-ordinates the delivery of a range of energy efficiency measures and related services thereby contributing to the achievement of NEA’s aim of addressing fuel poverty as well as reducing carbon emissions from domestic properties. Prior to his full-time appointment with WZcic in June 2008, William was Chief Executive of NEA, having been originally appointed Deputy Director of the charity in 1988 and subsequently Chief Executive in December 1999. William is currently one of the two Deputy Chairs of the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings. Before joining NEA, he had extensive experience working in social housing in housing management, managing capital programmes and general community development. William was also involved in a range of housing and energy projects on a voluntary basis.

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Pete Halsall
Pete is an eco-entrepreneur with 30 years' experience in property development and construction. He is Managing Director of EcoVentures, a sustainable community developer, and Chief Executive of the Good Homes Alliance.

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Pete has been described by Building magazine as "Britain’s most committed green builder". He co-founded and was Managing Director of BioRegional Quintain, which has been responsible for some of the country's seminal green residential developments. He is also a member of the Technology Strategy Board Low Impact Buildings Programme, and a Fellow of the Leeds Sustainability Institute. Pete is a graduate in Environmental Engineering of Bath University and has worked in the UK, US, Spain and China. He is particularly interested in: renewable energy; energy efficiency, district heating systems, building performance and the performance gap, and EU projects.

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Eryl Hardman - LLB (Hons) Barrister
After reading law in Birmingham, Eryl was called to the Bar in 1997, specialising in criminal defence. Having joined NTT Europe as General Counsel, Eryl led on corporate governance, compliance and regulatory affairs, in addition to having a commercial remit overseeing mergers and acquisitions, and multi-million pound property contracts with Europe and the Middle East.

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Eryl was previously a Trustee of the National Energy Foundation. Since 2014, she has been working with Nominet, a public benefit company responsible for the .uk internet infrastructure. She has supported a number of projects where emerging technologies are being deployed to solve long-standing challenges, including the Oxford Flood Network, and a project re-purposing TV spectrum freed up by the move from analogue to digital to offer wireless connectivity. As well as providing legal counsel, Eryl heads up European business development around ‘turing’ – a unique data analytics tool deployed by some of the world’s largest companies. Eryl is also a Trustee of Leighton-Linslade Citizens Advice.

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Gavin Harper - PhD MBA MSc BEng (Hons) BSc (Hons) FHEA MIET
Gavin is Energy Development Manager for the University of Birmingham and supports the advancement of the Birmingham Energy Institute; a cross-institution collaboration of over 140 academics working on energy and energy-related areas.

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Gavin co-ordinated the University of Birmingham's policy commission Doing Cold Smarter (chaired by Lord Teverson) on more efficient approaches to cooling and refrigeration, and he is currently working on the development of a new policy commission focused on energy and cybersecurity. He is also a KNX Partner and is interested in smart building technologies. Gavin was seconded to support the Energy Research Accelerator, a collaboration between six universities in the Midlands, in its pre-revenue phase, and continues to support the Thermal T-ERA stream of the project. Previously, he has held research posts at the Centre for Solar Energy Research, Cardiff University's Sustainable Places Institute and the ESRC's Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability & Society. Gavin has written a number of books on renewable energy systems technologies - including Domestic Solar Energy - as well as accessible books on experimenting with solar power and fuel cells for Mc Graw Hill's Evil Genius series. He is also co-author of Small Scale Wind Power Generation and Run Your Diesel Vehicle on Biofuels, and is the illustrator of Heat Pumps for the Home.

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Professor Peter Head - CBE FREng FRSA
Peter is a champion of sustainable development. He established the Ecological Sequestration Trust in 2011 to help regions deliver these outcomes with open-source systems models driven by open-data.

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Peter is a Civil and Structural Engineer who has become a recognised world leader in major bridges (he received an OBE for successfully delivering the Second Severn Crossing as Government Agent), advanced composite technology, and sustainable development in cities and regions. He has won many awards for his work including the Award of Merit of IABSE, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal and the Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind. In July 2008, Peter was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering at Bristol University, where he is a visiting Professor in Sustainable Systems Engineering. He was also awarded the Sir Frank Whittle medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering for a lifetime contribution to the well-being of the nation through environmental innovation. In 2008, Peter was named by The Guardian newspaper as one of 50 people that could ‘save the planet’. He was cited by Time magazine in 2008 as one of 30 global eco-heroes and has been one of CNN’s Principle Voices. In 2011, Peter was awarded the CBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to Civil Engineering and the Environment.

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Mike Hogg
Mike has more than 41 years' experience in the European energy industry - 39 with Shell and the last two with DONG Energy.

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Mike's career has spanned strategy and front-line operational management - together with the marketing, sales and distribution of fuels, lubricants, LPG, gas and power in the business to business and business to consumer markets in several European countries, but particularly in the UK. He has been the MD or Chairman of a number of Shell and DONG Energy subsidiary companies, most recently DONG Energy Sales UK, selling gas and power to UK industrial and commercial customers. Mike retired from this role at the end of 2014 andand is now embarking on a portfolio of charitable and paid roles across energy, health and education. Mike also has the honour of being a Freeman of the City of London.

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Stephen Huller
Stephen is the Director of Home Improvement Finance for BNP Paribas Personal Finance.

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Stephen is committed to developing finance solutions, allowing parties to make energy-saving decisions across a range of countries. He represented Kingfisher (B&Q Energy Saving) as the Green Deal expert, focussed on finance and insurance, supporting the government to develop alternative market models. He also established and chaired the AON Working Party, designing market models to allow finance to flow, in scale, providing increased consumer protection. Stephen is a member of the Each Home Counts (Bonfield Review) Implementation Board, responsible for driving the finance and insurance work-stream.

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David Hutchinson - DipArch DipTP RIBA MRTPI
David worked as an Architect and Town Planner before becoming interested in the way cities use energy whilst teaching in the USA. In the early 1990s, he was responsible for an EU-funded study of energy use in London, and then investigated hydrogen as a new clean fuel for cities under the Japanese national research programme.

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When the Greater London Authority was created in 2000, David set up and led the teams responsible for work on waste management, air quality, energy, noise and water. David chairs the Transport Group of APRIL (Air Pollution Research In London) network. He has undertaken many studies for the Japanese government and business organisations needing information on environmental and urban policy and practice in the UK and Europe. He is a Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Governance Studies at Meiji University in Tokyo. David is a past Deputy Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Academy, a charity that works closely with the National Energy Foundation on SuperHomes and other projects. In Lewes, where he lives, he is Vice Chairman of the civic society.

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Jade Lewis
Jade is Advocacy Leader for Saint-Gobain delegation in the UK and Ireland, which entails working with Government policy makers and key industry stakeholders to create a more sustainable built environment while maximising market opportunity and minimising business risk resulting from UK policy change.

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Jade was seconded to the Construction Product Association as project leader for the political and regulatory risk project resulting from Construction 2025 - Industry Strategy: Government and Industry in Partnership and was previously seconded to the Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change to assist in the development of aspects of the Green Deal where she co-wrote the Green Deal Opportunities for Industry report. She also co-wrote Breaking Barriers: An Industry Review of the Barriers to Whole House Energy Efficiency Retrofit and the Creation of an Industry Action Plan having managed the project while on a year-long secondment to the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings. In addition, Jane was recently awarded a UK Green Building Council Gold Pin for having gone ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty in supporting the UK-GBC in recognition of her work on the Retrofit Task Group, which develops incentives to encourage retrofit.

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Ann Limb - PhD CBE DL
Ann is a business leader and social entrepreneur. She is Chair of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership and was previously a College Principal in Milton Keynes and Cambridge. 

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Ann was also Chief Executive of the University for Industry, Senior Vice President with Citizen Service Transformation and a government adviser in the UK and overseas. She holds a number of non-executive directorships and is Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. She is Chair of Destination Milton Keynes (tourism and visitor information service) the MK Major Events Board (responsible for the Rugby World Cup 2015 in the city) IF (the biennial Milton Keynes International Festival) and two national educational charities - the Helena Kennedy Foundation and E-ACT, which seeks to break the link between poverty and underachievement. In the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, Ann was appointed an OBE for her public service and services to education.

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Kevin Lomas
Kevin has worked in the field of buildings, their energy demand and internal environment since 1894. He is currently Professor of Building Simulation in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University and leads the university-wide Energy Challenge.

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Kevin was previously the Director of the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development at De Montfort University. A member of the Building Energy Research Group, he has particular interests in the application of computer models to the design and assessment of buildings and is a Fellow of the International Building Performance and Simulation Association. In recent years Kevin's interest has turned to measuring the in-use energy and environmental performance of occupied domestic and non-domestic buildings. He has led a number of large research projects in this field. Kevin is Director at Loughborough University of The London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand; a joint initiative with University College London. The centre is the UK champion for multi-disciplinary postgraduate training in building energy demand and associated areas.

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Robert Lowe - MA PhD
Robert is a Physicist with a broad interest in the field of buildings, energy and sustainability, and in the role of research in the transformation of building energy performance. 

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Robert joined University College London as Professor of Energy and Building Science in 2006. In 2009, with Professor Tadj Oreszczyn, he established the UCL Energy Institute and serves as its Deputy Director. Since 2008, he has been Director of the London-Loughborough Doctoral Research Centre in Energy Demand. Robert is a co-investigator on UCL-Energy’s Centre for Energy Epidemiology, and chairs the SAP Scientific Integrity Group. He has also written various books on energy and the built environment.

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Tim Lunel - PhD
Tim is Managing Director of CoControl, an innovative provider of heating control solutions. Prior to this, he was Support & Development Director of the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation, and Chief Executive of the National Energy Foundation between 2005 and 2012.

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Tim's appointment at CoControl was a key milestone in the company's ambitions to deliver cost-effective heating management to the UK’s 4.1 million social homes, where many of residents live in fuel poverty. During his time as Chief Executive of the National Energy Foundation, Tim led the Foundation during an exciting period in the growth of its profile and the influence of its work, with a focus on working in partnership with organisations such as The Carbon Trust and the Sustainable Energy Academy.

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Professor Tony Marmont - DSc DTech HonFIE HonFCIBSE
Tony is a past member of the National Energy Foundation Board of Trustees and a Past Chairman of Crystal Polymers, a leading manufacturer of PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) products.

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Tony is Visiting Professor and Honorary Doctor of Technology at De Montfort University, Special Professor in Renewable Energy and Honorary Doctor of Science Degree at Nottingham University, and Honorary Doctor of Technology Degree and Visiting Professor in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University. His individual achievements include being an Honorary Fellow of the Energy Institute and a CIBSE-Elected Companion. Tony is also a previous owner of a wind turbine company and a soft drinks business. He has been a pilot since 1943 and a farmer for the last 40 years. Tony has been engaged for the last five years in a new enterprise to make carbon-neutral transport fuels from air using renewable energy as the power source.

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Neil Marshall
Neil is Chief Executive of the National Insulation Association, which represents manufacturers and installers of cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation, loft, roof and floor insulation and draught proofing in the UK.

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Neil previously held senior management positions at British Gas in the areas of marketing, business development, energy efficiency, fuel poverty and corporate responsibility. Since he joined the NIA, its membership has more than doubled and he won the Trade Association Leadership Award in the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards. Neil is a qualified marketer and a member of the ECO Steering Group, PAS 2030 Steering Group, Existing Homes Alliance: Scotland and Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group.

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George Martin
George pursues his passion for sustainable development and the ‘performance of buildings in use’ through his consultancy. Most recently, he was Professor of Low Impact and Sustainable Buildings at Coventry University and prior to that was Head of Sustainable Development and a Director with Willmott Dixon Group, and Director of Sustainability at BRE. 

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George plays an active role as Chair of the Sustainable Development Foundation and as a member of the National Energy Foundation’s Advisory Council. He is also a Forum Affiliate of the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, Forum for the Future; an alumni of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (1997); and a UK Green Building Council Ambassador. He has been a member of a number of Government task forces, the most recent of which was the Green Construction Board’s Knowledge & Skills Working Group, which he chaired.

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David Olivier
David is the Principal Associate at Energy Advisory Associates (EAA), an energy and environmental consultancy providing advice on energy efficiency, in particular, and green buildings in general.

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David has 30 years’ experience in supporting UK architects and engineers on leading energy-conscious building designs. He has been involved with the design of hundreds of energy-efficient new buildings, conversions and retrofits.

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Tadj Oreszczyn - FCIBSE MInstE PhD CEng
For over 30 years, Tadj has undertaken energy and building research with a particular focus around the performance gap between theory and practice and the unintended consequences (health, comfort, etc) of building energy efficiency. 

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Tadj is Professor of Energy and Environment and Director at the UCL Energy Institute. His first degree was in Applied Physics and was followed by a PhD in Solar Energy. He has over 160 research publications to his name. Tadj was invited to give evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee on Energy Efficiency, co-authored a paper for the special issue of the Lancet on energy and health and prepared three papers for a State of Science Review for the Office of Science and Innovation. He has also provided research support for the development of the English and Welsh Building Regulations, and has presented invited public and academic lectures at the Royal Society and the Royal Institution.

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Steve Pearce
Steve is a regeneration specialist and town planner with 35 years' experience gained on some of the largest and highest profile regeneration projects in the country.

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Steve has had responsibility for: making Hackbridge (in south London) the “most sustainable suburb”; leading the Whitehill & Bordon regeneration project in east Hampshire, a project that will deliver a new town of 3,350 homes, 5,500 jobs, a new town centre, a wide array of social and community facilities and extensive green, play and sports facilities - all built to the highest environmental and urban design standards; establishing RegenCo, East Hampshire District Council’s regeneration consultancy service.

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David Pierpoint
David is the Chief Executive Officer of The Retrofit Academy and is also the Director of Osmosis Strategic Consulting Ltd. He was previously the Chief Executive of the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE), the not-for-profit national centre of excellence for low-energy retrofit, which developed a curriculum of accredited training and qualifications for retrofit professionals.

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David was also a Non-executive Director of the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies and Content Director for Retro Expo. He is a Fellow of the RSA, and his professional experience has been largely in the sustainable construction media sector.

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Tim Pollard
Tim is Head of Sustainability for Wolseley UK (a major distributor of plumbing and heating products) and was not only responsible for delivering the Sustainable Building Center at Leamington Spa but he also helps defining Plumb Center’s renewables and energy-efficient products offer and their commercial implementation.

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Tim’s breadth of knowledge stretches across a wide range of products and technologies together with the implications and requirements of a sustainable supply chain. In 2008, he was included in the Building magazine's Top 40 list of Green Gurus - sustainability figures who are considered leaders in their field, and in July 2010 he was named as one the West Midlands' Top 50 Green Leaders. Tim sits on the DECC RHI Industry Advisory Group, the HHIC Low Carbon Group and chaired the WRAP/Defra Water Efficiency Products Group. Before his current appointment, he was Head of Marketing for all the Wolseley UK businesses. His 20-year career in merchanting has included experience in all sectors of the construction market. Prior to Wolseley, Tim’s career included a spell with the German chemical giant, Hoechst, and a three-year period working in Sweden. Tim believes passionately in the provision of sustainable construction solutions that are practical, effective and economic. He speaks at industry conferences throughout the UK and regularly writes columns and features in the trade press. He also describes himself as a Newcastle United supporter for 50 years, through thin and thin.

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Jim Potter - MBE MA FCISA
Jim was a founding Trustee of the National Energy Foundation, Chairman of National Energy Services, a founding Director of the Energy Savings Trust and Chairman of the Association for the Conservation of Energy.

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Jim is a Cambridge graduate in Physics and Economics and his principal business career was as CEO of Freeman Group plc and latterly a Non-executive Director of SIG plc. He was a personal adviser to Energy Minister Peter Walker and, in 1986, was a first recipient of an MBE for services to energy efficiency. He has recently built his own A-rated house and his particular interest is domestic energy efficiency. Jim became a Director of SIG plc after the acquisition of Freeman Group and was responsible for its European operations. Since retiring from the energy efficiency scene, he has spent time as a Non-executive Director in the NHS and as a Director and Chair of a number of start-up businesses.

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Professor Saffa Riffat - BSc MSc DPhil DSc CEng FInstMechE FCIBSE FInstE FWIF
Saffa is President of the World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies and head of the Architecture, Climate & Environment Research Group. His main achievements include developing the Department of Architecture & Built Environment at the University of Nottingham into a major centre for inter-disciplinary teaching and research. 

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Saffa has also obtained research grants with a total value in excess of £50 million from the EU, research councils and industry - both in the UK and overseas. He has published over 500 papers in refereed journals and at international conferences, and is named as the inventor on more than 25 international patents. Saffa has been awarded Distinguished/Honorary Professorships by 14 leading universities and the degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Oxford. He is Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies (Oxford University Press) and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Renewable Bio-resources (Herbert Publications). He has particular expertise and interest in: building renovation, energy efficient systems, renewable energy and sustainable technologies.

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Lee Shostak - OBE
Lee Shostak is an Economic Development Planner who specializes in garden cities and major regeneration projects. As former Chair of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and now Treasurer, he has led efforts to promote the application of garden city principles across the UK.

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Lee is a skilled facilitator and specializes in vision building, scenario development and leading teams preparing master plans, regeneration strategies and delivery programmes. He was a member of the Milton Keynes Futures 2050 Commission. In 2016, the commission published Making a Great City Greater, which was unanimously approved by Milton Keynes Council; and he is currently advising Slough Borough Council on its plans for a garden suburb. Lee is a Director of Garden City Developments, a community interest company working with local authorities in Essex, and jointly authored one of the shortlisted entries for the Wolfson Prize on how to deliver a new garden city with private finance. Lee also established Shared Intelligence in 2001, was a founder Director of EDAW in the UK (as Conran Roche now AECOM) and was Director of Planning at Milton Keynes Development Corporation.

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Lynne Sullivan - OBE
Lynne is a co-founding partner of sustainableBYdesign, a design studio born out of the design arm of Inbuilt, which she joined as Design Director in 2008. She is a Project Architect specialising in sustainable and low-energy developments, many of which have won awards and competitions.

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Between 2000 and 2008, Lynne was Director of Sustainability at Broadway Malyan Architects, one of the top 25 architecture practices in the world, and Associate Director at ECD Architects 1991-2000, a practice which was unique in combining architectural services with energy and environmental consultancy. Lynne was awarded the OBE for services to Architecture in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List. Her publications include Design for 2050 - keynote contribution to international Sue-MOT conference in Loughborough 2009 and Delivering Passivhaus principles through Quality Design - Ecobuild 2011.

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Professor Phil Taylor
Phil joined Newcastle University in April 2013 and is currently Director and Principal Investigator for the £20 million EPSRC-funded National Centre for Energy Systems Integration.

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Phil previously worked for Durham University as the Co-director and founder of the Durham Energy Institute following his roles in industry. In recent years, he has provided consultancy and advice to many organisations including: Enercon; Singapore Energy Markets Authority; Malaysian Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation; DECC; and the Norwegian, Swedish and Dutch governments regarding power systems, energy storage and renewable energy. Phil is also a Non-executive Director of Northern Powergrid.

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Andrew Warren
Andrew was Director of the UK Association for the Conservation of Energy between its foundation in 1981 and 2014: he is now its Honorary President. Until December 2015, he was a Trustee of the National Energy Foundation for nearly 12 years.

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Andrew is a former Special Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on the Environment, and has given oral evidence to many House of Commons and House of Lords select committees in the UK and also to inquiries undertaken by the European Parliament. He has spoken at many hearings called by the European Commission, and in every member state of the European Union (EU15) – and most of the EU27 – at a variety of conferences on energy and environment issues. In addition to writing regular monthly columns for several trade publications, he has also contributed articles to many international newspapers such as the Financial Times, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. He is currently Chair of the British Energy Efficiency Federation and of the Federation of Energy Advice Agencies; and a fellow of the UK Energy Institute. In 1999/2000, Andrew chaired the EC the advisory group that first proposed the Energy Performance of Buildings directive. He was a member of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group from 2005 to 2014, and of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Government Buildings between 2010 and 2012. From 2010 to 2014, he also chaired  the forum reporting to the Climate Change Minister, charged with maximising the effectiveness of the Green Deal. In 2011, he chaired the working group linking changes to the building regulations with the Green Deal, for the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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Alan Whitehead MP - PhD
Alan is the Chair of PRASEG, the Associate Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group and Co-Chair of APSRG, the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group.

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Alan graduated with a degree in Politics and Philosophy from Southampton University and went on to achieve a Ph.D. in Political Science. In 1980, he became a Southampton City Councillor and then Leader of the Council when Labour took control in 1984. He worked in research for two national charities during the 1980s and early 90s and, in 1992, came off the city council and became Professor of Public Policy at Southampton Institute (now Southampton Solent University). He was elected as the Labour MP for Southampton Test in 1997. In December 1999, he was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Baroness Blackstone, Minister for Higher and Post-16 Education. From June 2001 - May 2002 he served as Minister in the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, responsible for Local Government, the Regions and the Fire Service. Alan was also a member of the Commons Select Committees on Energy and Climate Change, Environmental Audit, and Standards and Privileges. Within the Labour Party, he chairs the Parliamentary Labour Party Energy and Climate Change Group and represents the Parliamentary Labour Party on Labour's Living Standards and Sustainability Policy Commission. Alan is a Fellow of the Institute of Waste Management and a member of the Board for both The Environment Centre (Southampton) and the Centre for the Third Age (Southampton). He is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Society at Southampton Solent University.

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